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Heliconia Aemygdiana

Heliconia Aemygdiana

Heliconia aemygdiana is a medium sized erect heliconia, 5-10 feet tall. It is widely distributed over South America. Produces up to 14 colorful, erect bracts, rose-purple with some yellow. The true flowers are apple green. Fruits are large and round, green when immature and an attractive glossy blue color when ripe. Broad, banana- type leaves. The Heliconia's bracts are so large and colorful that they almost hide the flowers altogether, which are tiny and are found inside these bracts. Will bloom in a pot. But to flower in its second or third year you would need to keep the plant warm enough during Winter to prevent the top growth dying back to the rhizomes. The plant would regenerate itself the next Spring, because the tuber would have survived. Blooms from May through August. If in reasonable conditions, it blooms all year.

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Hardiness zones 9-11, (5°C/40°F,-5°C/25°F) in Winter. Heliconia aemygdiana seems to be rather tolerant to cool weather and grow well in Subtropical conditions. In general, Heliconias are evergreen in the Tropics and warm Subtropics, like zone 10. Further north, upper zone 9 and lower zone 8, they may be frozen back to the ground each Winter but survive to resprout the next Spring. Recommended temperature 25°C. Provide warmth and high humidity. Can take full sun and semi shade.Needs rich soil containing peat moss, organic matter and coarse sand, and regular fertilizer. Use palm tree fertilizer and plant in well drained soil. It is really thirsty, water freely during growing months and moderately in Winter. Keep soil evenly moist, but do not overwater making the soil too soggy. Germination First, scarify the seeds. Then, soak the seeds in water for at least 4 days. Change the water every 12 hours. Plant no more than 3/4 inch deep in loose, moist, and well-drained soil. Sterilized soil mix especially formulated for germinating seeds is best. Pat the soil down firmly so that seed would be about 3/4 to 1/2 inch below the surface. Keep the soil above 75°F to allow germination to occur, do not rely on the temperature of the air. The use of a 40 or 60 watt light bulb under the germinating flats is one method of keeping the soil warm. The use of clear plastic over the germinating containers will help keep moisture from evaporating. It is important to have patience, Heliconias may take several months to germinate. Scarification Seed coats may be so hard that they are impermeable to water. They need to be scratched or broken using a knife or sandpaper, in order to germinate. Chip the seeds with a sharp knife or make a few swipes with a sharp edged file or use sandpaper to allow moisture being more readily absorbed.

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Heliconia Aemygdiana

Heliconia Aemygdiana

Heliconia aemygdiana is a medium sized erect heliconia, 5-10 feet tall. It is widely distributed over South America. Produces up to 14 colorful, erect bracts, rose-purple with some yellow. The true flowers are apple green. Fruits are large and round, green when immature and an attractive glossy blue color when ripe. Broad, banana- type leaves. The Heliconia's bracts are so large and colorful that they almost hide the flowers altogether, which are tiny and are found inside these bracts. Will bloom in a pot. But to flower in its second or third year you would need to keep the plant warm enough during Winter to prevent the top growth dying back to the rhizomes. The plant would regenerate itself the next Spring, because the tuber would have survived. Blooms from May through August. If in reasonable conditions, it blooms all year.

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